Maldives | Wanderlust Luxury

Maldives | Wanderlust Luxury


When you think of bucket list travel, you won’t go too far into your wish list before the Maldives pops up. I’m thinking, if you’re like me, probably somewhere in the top three destinations in the world.

Well, it certainly has been on mine for some time, and in January I was fortunate enough to tick it off the bucket list.


I took advantage of a very cost effective package from Luxury Escapes, some months earlier, and booked The Park Hyatt, Hadahaa in the Maldives. My travelling partner for this super romantic, honeymooner paradise, sunset walk love fest…was my 14 yr old daughter! A strange duo for this type of vacation, I agree, however, it was actually a special and bonding experience for both of us. One I will treasure forever.


So, before you book your trip, here are few things you should know.

Firstly, if you are travelling pretty much from anywhere in the world, the Maldives are a freaking long way away.

We flew from Melbourne to Singapore, and had a 3 day layover to break up the travel. Singapore is a vibrant and beautiful city, with great shopping, restaurants and some pretty amazing sight seeing.

We visited the the famous Marina Bay Sands.  With 3 mighty towers below, an infinity edge pool at the top, and standing tall at 191 mtrs high in the sky, the view from the Sky Deck is simply breathtaking.  We went at night for the ever impressive view of the CBD city lights and the bay below.


We then walked across the bridge and down to the Gardens by the Bay. This is Singapore’s number one tourist attraction.

Gardens by the Bay is a huge, colourful, futuristic park in the bay area of Singapore. The famous Supertree structures offer an impressive skywalk over the gardens, over-sized seashell-shaped greenhouses recreate chilly mountain climates and there are hundreds of trees and plants to discover.

Walking through the 3 gardens is magical. At one point during an animated light show, we, along with everyone else, stopped walking and lay on the concrete path and looked up to the night sky to enjoy the most delightful show of music and lighting! Amazing.


Next stop, the Maldives.

Now, depending on which island you are staying on, depends on how many flights, boats and transfers you will require to get there.  Out of Singapore you will fly to Male, which is the capital of the Maldives. An airport and a small fishing port with not much else, this is island you want to be at for the least amount of time! So book your transfers accordingly.

To get to The Park Hyatt Hadahaa, is quite a trek. We flew out of Singapore mid morning to Male, which takes approximately 4.5hrs. We then waited 2 hours at the Male airport for our connecting domestic island hopper flight to another smaller island.( Approx 1 hr) Then after another wait, we were greeted by the Park Hyatt skipper and jumped aboard a traditional speed boat and taken to the island of Hadahaa, which is another 50 minutes.

The Park Hyatt is located directly on the equator and under the Milky Way, so as I said previously, it’s a freaking long way away! There is nothing else around you either, so its very isolated, which can be a bit confronting, and its tiny!


But from the minute you arrive, that is all forgotten.

This island is simply breathtaking.

The sand is so white is is blinding.

The ocean is so clear with bright greens and vivid blues, it will take your breath away.


And this was to be our home for the next 5 nights. A small pinch ourselves moment and then we were taken to our villa.

I decided on the over water bungalows, because once again, it was a bucket list, and I really enjoyed the idea that we could snorkel directly form our deck. Plus, that view of a seemingly never -ending ocean was pretty enticing.


The island itself is very small, approximately 400m x 500m, so a quick walk around the entire island is very doable.  It is the island you go to if you seriously want to do nothing. Nothing!

I’ll admit at first, my daughter and I were little surprised that it was so small, with limited  things to do. The sum total of the island activities included yoga, snorkelling and kayaking. How would we entertain ourselves for 5 nights and 6 full days!


But then pretty quickly, we adapted to island life and embraced the nothing. And it was awesome. Doing nothing was what it should be about. No rushing, no scheduling of activities, just reading, relaxing, swimming, talking and…nothing much else. Paradise.


Of course, if you want dive, surf or escape you can..there are tours daily to other islands nearby, but once we had decided that ‘nothing’ was the nature of the week, thats what we did.


There is nowhere quite like this in the world. The untouched beauty of this 5 star island resort is impressive. I chatted with the resort manager in length about the design of the resort, and he stressed that when planning the layout of the villas, both land and ocean, it was an important detail in the brief to ensure that minimum landscaping was done. Therefore all of the buildings are set between the foliage, within the pattern of the landscape.


This is particularly evident upon arrival, where you are taken to the open air, sand floor welcome lobby. It is organic and natural, and is made from locally sourced timber and designed to reflect and upturned traditional Madilvian fishing boat. A perfect welcome.


The main pool area, just off the beach is also stunning.  A salt water oasis overlooking the ocean was the perfect spot to mix up the tanning and swimming locales.

So I guess in summary, this getaway, albeit quite a trek, was worth every one of the 23hrs to get home! The over water bungalow was simply perfect.


The morning yoga on the private deck or on the white sand over looking the ocean was surreal.


The best bit…I spent quality time with one of my kids. That is the kind of bucket list travel to aim for.


Detox and Design Tour -Phuket Cleanse Thailand- November 2016

Detox and Design Tour -Phuket Cleanse Thailand- November 2016


Summer in coming.

That reality often sparks Summer body panic in most of us. It’s now that we scramble to get motivated and shed the winter layer that ever so quietly creeps on. Get ready for less clothing, warmer days, and if you’re like me, the agony of the annual swim wear purchase.

Well, what if I could tell not to panic. Stay calm, and it will all be fine.

I can. And it starts right here with Wanderlust Luxury Travel, in conjunction with Phuket Cleanse, and our ‘Design and Detox’ Tour to Thailand.


Phuket Cleanse is the world’s most exciting health retreat!  I know for a fact, because I was a guest there earlier this year and really changed my whole attitude to health and fitness. It was amazing.

The Phuket Cleanse package is all inclusive, and this November, it also includes the never done before Design Element, at no additional charge.

You package includes absolutely everything – accommodation, food, cleansing protocols, fitness classes, detox master classes, transportation, excursions, laundry, 4 evening massages per week, and complimentary airport pickup.

Once you have flown into Phuket you need not spend another cent whilst you are there.
It is very flexible and you can arrive at any time of the day or night, on any day of the week, for the duration that suits your travel plans.

In November, the Interior Design team from White Chalk Design,  will be heading over to Phuket Cleanse to consult on the upcoming renovation and makeover of the current villa and retreat facilities. So we have decided to incorporate a “Design” element into the amazing current cleanse and fitness program. Design and Detox is born!


The Design Element  

You can join us as we shop for the furniture, art and accessories in the local stores and shopping districts.

Learn the art of creating a beautiful functioning bathroom, whilst staying on budget.

How to choose the right tiles, cabinetry materials and fixtures for wet areas.

What is the best paint colour in dark rooms versus lighter rooms.

How to arrange furniture, hang art, and when to use special feature lighting and other bespoke pieces.

Come with us and learn the skills to enable you to design and manage your own renovation at home. Watch and learn as we do site and spatial plans, then arrange concept sheets and imagery for the re-design of the villas.  We can then bring 3D colour concepts to life in the construction phase.

The Design Element is scheduled during  various times in the day, so it won’t interfere with your training, yoga and fitness programs. You will be able to join in on all activities, at your own pace.

It will be very relaxed, informative and most of all, lots of fun.



The Health and Fitness Element 

Experience the Raw Food Lifestyle!

Your chefs in the Phuket Cleanse Raw Food Laboratory will create for you mind blowing dishes that will stimulate your every taste bud. What’s more exciting is they will teach you how to do the same in your raw food cooking classes. You will indulge in a menu that will get your body into peak operating condition.

Each day the kitchen creates the most beautiful raw food cuisine – unique masterpieces some say. They rarely make the same thing twice unless it is a guest favourite. The raw food menu is second to none. It is comprised of fresh organic vegetable and fruit juices along with raw foods that naturally detoxify and assist in restoring the optimal function of the digestive system. We will work with you to tailor your nutritional program to fit your goals.

Click here for more info on the detox and raw food  :

Raw Food Link



Fitness Goals 

Your fitness program is designed to allow you to play in your body every which way and
discover the workouts that make your body sing.

At Phuket Cleanse you create your own personal fitness program from any of the one-hour daily group exercise classes. There are many to choose from:  you can attend workouts from a diverse range of cardio, strength, and flexibility classes. Beach classes, hiking, boxing, TRX, HIIT, kettlebell, running, stretch classes, core strength ..the list goes on and on. And the variety is huge.

Plus..the timetable runs all day. From sunrise until sunset and then into the night. Plus…there are nutritionists, personal trainers, life coaches, wellness coaches, onsite supplements and vitamins, O2 therapy, infrared saunas, massage therapy, cooking classes, ice baths, bikes plus a beautiful pool and relaxation area.

Click here for all of the fitness programs available :

Fitness Link



Yoga Time

Bikram Hot Yoga. Haha and Yin Yoga. Aerial Yoga. Power and Astanga Yoga. Partner and Acro Yoga. Beach Yoga. Sunrise and Sunset Yoga.


Whatever your yoga style, you can experience it all here. Or, it is the perfect time to try something new. I loved aerial yoga when I was at Phuket Cleanse earlier in the year. It was really incredible. And something that I am so glad that I learned to do.

Click here for the Yoga schedule :

Yoga Link




When you meditate in the group meditation, you will experience of ‘quantum coherence’. When a group meditates together, they achieve a group synchronized brainwave state, a potent state for prayer, sending love, and doing manifestation work.

Click here for the mind series inclusions :

Mind Link



The Program 

Head into Summer feeling amazing, in both mind and body.

Learn some important interior design skills .

Cleanse and feel alive again.

Make new friends.

Go to the local markets and enjoy the festivities.

Spend the day on a nearby island, via a traditional Thai fishing boat and then do some snorkelling, swimming, a beach massage or just lie in the sun and breathe it all in.

Hike up to Big Buddha, high on the hill and take in the amazing views over Phuket.

Swim in the pool and then doze in the hammock.

Stand Up Paddle Board in the ocean.

Wander down to end of the street for a mani – pedi, or more massage and beauty treatment options. (Cost not included, but very reasonably priced.)

Watch the sunrise over the water as you do your yoga mediation. Or sleep in…. The daily activity level is entirely up to you. Go hard, or go slow…your choice.

Click here to see the full Phuket Cleanse Program :

Program Link



If you think this might be something you would like to do. Please send me an email and we can book you in.

The Dates

November 15th – November 22. You can choose to join 5 or 7 nights …or more.

The Price

5 days 1 person USD 2,000
5 days 2 people sharing a room USD 3,000 (USD 1,500 each)
7 day 1 person USD 2,660
7 days 2 people sharing a room USD 4,060 (USD 2,030 each)

To convert to AUD, we use –  AUD Convertor



Please email: to discuss booking your stay, plus anything  you want to know about this tour. We can answer your queries and send you a FAQ sheet.

Also jump onto the Phuket Cleanse site, and get a detailed view as to what it is all about.

If booking with Phuket Cleanse direct, please make sure you mention  you are wishing to book in for the ‘Design and Dextox’ tour.



Looking forward to seeing you in November!!





Vietnam Luxury Tour 2017

Vietnam Luxury Tour 2017




Wanderlust Luxury Travel

Vietnam 2017

Tour Active –  10 Nights / 11 days

Tour Active plus Recharge – 14 Nights / 15 Days

Tour Price Active Only – 10 Nights : $ 5950 per person Twin Share. $ 7950 single

Tour Price Active plus Recharge – 14 Nights : $ 6950 per person Twin Share. $ 8950 single


Tour Style: Luxury


Price Includes the following:

Ho Chi Minh (3 nights)

Luxury Boutique 5 Star Fully Escorted


3 Nights’ luxury accomodation at the iconic 4.5 Star Caravelle Saigon in a Deluxe room located in the centre of the fashion, entertainment district. Free Wifi. Breakfast daily.

Saigon Street Food Night Tour on Bikes or taxi option.
Cu Chi Tunnel Tour via Speedboat along the Saigon River – Includes Lunch Ben Thanh Night Market
Day Spa Half day
Ho Chi Minh Central Post Office and Saigon Cathedral of Notre Dame tour. Arrival and Departure group transport
The Wanderlust Luxury Travel Welcome Pack
Traditional Vietnamese Dinner at Nha Hang Ngon
VIP entry to Glow Rooftop Skybar


Hanoi (2 nights)

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Economy Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi
Arrival Transfer to hotel
2 nights’ luxury accomodation at the famous 5 star Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. Deluxe room. Includes WiFi. Breakfast Daily.
Tour the Old Quarter, Lake Hoan Kiem, Ba Dinh Square, Vietnam Women’s Museum, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Water Puppet Theatre Show
Dinner at the Vietnamese Rooftop restaurant overlooking Lake Hoan Kiem.


Sapa Mountain Village (3 nights)          


Limousine Transfer from Hanoi to Sapa (approx 5 hours)
2 Nights accomodation at 4 star Victoria Sapa Hotel. Free WiFi. Includes Breakfast & Lunch daily.
Guided tour to Lao Chai, Ta Van Village, Cat Cat, Sin Chai Waterfall
Traditional Vietnamese Market Tour.
Local Dinner
Overnight Train to Hanoi

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Transfer from Hanoi Train Station to Halong Bay
2 Night cruise on the luxury Paradise Cruise on Halong Bay and surrounding areas
Luxury cabin with Ensuite
Welcome Cocktail
Halong Bay Seafood Lunch
Cruise past Hoa Cuong Fishing Village, Soi Sim Beach, Coconut Three Islands
Tour Luon Cave area in a traditional bamboo rowing boat.
Site Seeing includes – Lan Ha Bay, Cua Van Floating village, Tien Ong Cave, Titov Island.     Vietnamese Dinners.
Sunrise Tai Chi Session on the deck
Visit Sung Sot Cave, hike up the 600 steps to the most impressive cave in Halong Bay.
Breakfast included.
Cooking Class.
On Board Spa Treatment.

Hoi An (4 nights) RechargeSunrise-Hoi-An-Beach-Resort-photos-Exterior

Transfer from Ha Long Bay to Hanoi Airport.
Economy flight to Hoi An
3 Nights luxury accomodation at 5 star Sunrise Premium Beach Resort Hoi An. Deluxe Room with breakfast daily.
Fully escorted tailor experience at Yaly for custom clothing.
Walk the streets Behind the Canals.
Visit Japanese Bridge
Fishing Boat tour along the river.
Walk Hoi An Ancient town
Sunrise Yoga
Optional Cooking Class
Transfer To Danang Airport


Itinerary Details

Day One

Upon arrival into Ho Chi Minh International Airport, you will be met by your transfer at the airport after baggage and customs/immigration clearance.
Serena will be at the hotel to meet you and ensure that check-in is smooth!
The day or night is yours to settle in, refresh with your spa voucher and acclimatise to the Vietnamese heat.

This evening join everyone for Welcome drink in the bar.

Day Two

After breakfast we take our walking history tour of Ho Chi Minh City.
Located right in the heart of the city, The Central Post Office is one of the oldest buildings in Ho Chi Minh City. It was built around 1886 – 1891, based on the design of Gustave Eiffel – a famous French architect and has become a significant symbol of the city, just like its opposite neighbour Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral, which we will also visit. Diamond Plaza is also located in this district, so a well deserved spot of shopping here is a welcome break from the heat and architectural history tour.

After the walking tour we can head back to hotel to freshen up, relax by the pool or check into the spa for a treatment.

At Sunset it is time to head over to the famous chaotic Ben Thanh Markets, to sample a variety of local produce, ‘designer’ labels and footwear.

After the markets and a traditional light dinner we can enjoy a cocktail at Glow Rooftop Bar.

Meals Included : Breakfast / Dinner

Day Three

After breakfast we take an early history tour to Cu Chi Tunnels via speedboat along the famous Saigon River.
During the Vietnam War, Communist guerrilla troops dug tens of thousands of miles of tunnels, including an extensive network running underneath the Cu Chi district northwest of Saigon. You can choose to crawl through the tunnels or follow the guide above ground. A traditional lunch on a floating pontoon on the river is provided before we head back to Ho Chi Minh on the luxury speedboat.

The afternoon is yours to relax by the pool, or take time out to use you day spa voucher.

At sunset we are collected either by Vespa (if you’re game) or taxi and taken to the back streets of Saigon for our Saigon Steer Food Tour.

A quick, fun and very tasty overview of Ho Chi Minh City’s best street food.
Get a glimpse of local life as you sample a range of dishes in a little neighbourhood that’s been serving cheap and cheerful street food for nearly 30 years.

During the tour, you’ll try everyday Vietnamese dishes, some with a little taste of France, some with a little taste of China. There’s even a little taste of Korea! We finish our eating adventures with Vietnamese dessert-in-a-glass.
This tour is designed to give you the confidence to go out and try street food on your own once you’re released back into the wilds of Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Four

After breakfast we will be collected via luxury transfer and taken to the Ho Chi Minh Airport for our flight to Hanoi.
Luxury transfer from Hanoi Airport to our hotel.
Once settled in at the iconic 5 star Sofitel Legend Metropole, the afternoon is yours to relax by the pool or stroll the tree lined French Inspired streets and get acquainted with beautiful Hanoi.

Tonight we shall be inspired by a traditional sunset Water Puppet Theatre show.
The folkloric water puppet guilds and villages were established and respectfully remained and preserved until now.
The Vietnamese folkloric water puppetry includes: land puppetry and water puppetry.

After the theatre show we shall dine at one of Hanoi’s famous roof top Vietnamese Restaurants, overlooking beautiful Lake Hoan Kiem.

Meals Included : Breakfast, Dinner.

Day Five

After breakfast we head out and take our guided tour to the famous Hi Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Womens Museum, walk around the Lake, and absorb the culture of the famous Hanoi Opera House in the Old Quarter.
Sampling the famous Vietnamese iced Coffee is a ‘must do’

Lunch today is casual and pulling up a stool with a local street vendor and dining on the traditional Vietnamese baguette, Banh Mi. The tasty crunchy roll with fresh herbs and meats is a refreshing treat.

The rest of the afternoon is yours to shop, or relax by the pool.

Dinner / Drinks tonight are your choice to do as you please.

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch

Day Six

After breakfast, we head off to stunning mountain village of Sapa. (Luxury Coach)
The Queen of the Mountains, Sapa regally overlooking a beautiful valley, lofty mountains towering over the town on all sides. Welcome to the destination in northwest Vietnam, gateway to another world of mysterious minority cultures and luscious landscapes.

Upon arrival, we will check in to The Victoria Hotel, high in the mountains and then you can enjoy a spa treatment of your choice, to refresh you from our journey.

Dinner tonight is down in the local town square.
A colourful town, full of history, you will be enchanted with the culture, the people and the vibrancy.
After dinner its back to hotel to wind down and prepare for tomorrow.

Meals Included : Breakfast, Dinner.

Day Seven

After breakfast we will be collected for our guided tour of the local villages, waterfalls and markets.
A full day of hiking Ta Phin Village, meeting the local villagers, seeing the homestay accomodation, and exploring this amazing town and nearby areas.

You will be captivated with lush rice terraces, the amazing views and the gentle villagers who live off the land. A truly spectacular day.

The afternoon and evening is yours to rest and relax.

Meals Included : Breakfast

Day Eight

After a breakfast in town, we will be taken to the local markets to partake in the culture that keeps this town buzzing. Produce, local handicrafts and fabrics aplenty. You will be tempted to buy the most amazing cloths and bags. The colour, smell and chaos will cement how amazing this part of the world is.

After lunch, we will drive to the nearby water falls and marvel at the beauty of the waterfall and nearby caves.

This evening we head back to the main town for dinner and then we board our overnight train. The Victoria Express, back to Hanoi.

Meals Included : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner.

Day Nine / Ten

After an early arrival into Hanoi, we will then be met by our transfer coach and driven to Halong Bay, to board a traditional Indochine vessel for our Halong Bay cruise.
Designed in the style of a traditional Vietnamese junk, it features a spa and sauna. A large sun terrace is available onboard. Free WiFi is available.

The Paradise Luxury Classic is the only ship in Halong Bay to offer royal banquets- don the robes of a dignitary and feast on a menu of delectable Vietnamese cuisine fit for a king. Relax on the sundeck, furnished with comfortable outdoor bed.
Between mealtimes and excursions take part in onboard activities, including cooking demonstrations and an introduction to Vietnam’s fascinating tea and cafe culture.

• Halong Bay Seafood Lunch
• Cruise past Hoa Cuong Fishing Village, Soi Sim Beach, Coconut Three Islands
• Tour Luon Cave area in a traditional bamboo rowing boat.
• Site Seeing includes – Lan Ha Bay, Cua Van Floating village, Tien Ong Cave, Titov Island. •Vietnamese Dinners.
• Sunrise Tai Chi Session on the deck
• Visit Sung Sot Cave, hike up the 600 steps to the most impressive cave in Halong Bay.
• Breakfast included.
• Cooking Class.
• On Board Spa Treatment.

Day Eleven The Relax Package Commences

Today we travel back to the Hanoi Airport, via luxury transfer and board our flight to Hoi An.
** Or if you are leaving us here you can board your next flight to your onward destination.

Upon arrival into Hoi An, we will be transferred via coach to the Luxury 5 star Sunrise Premium Beach Resort, located right on the beach in Hoi An.
The evening is yours to unwind and swim in the large pool or at the beautiful beach. Dinner tonight is located at the poolside bistro.

Day Twelve

Breakfast at your leisure.
Relax by the pool. Lie on the sunbeds at the beach.
Today is all about unwinding and relaxing.
Got for a bike ride to the surrounding beaches, walk across the road from the hotel and have relaxing massage. Do a workout in the state of the art gym. The day is all yours to do as little or a much as you like.

At sunset we will head into Old Hoi An, to wander the streets, and admire the beautiful old town which seemingly has been frozen in time.
A bustling fishing village, it has old world charm and character of the French and Asian influence.

If you would like to visit our recommend tailor Yaly and have garments made, tonight is the night to do so.
We will dine locally in Old Hoi An tonight.

Meals Included : Breakfast, Dinner.

Day Thirteen

Sunrise Yoga
Rest day

Day Fourteen

The morning is yours to do as you wish.
Late afternoon we will take traditional fishing boat along the river to Old Hoi An. We will go and collect any custom made clothes.
Walk over the famous Japanese Bridge, light a river candle and make a wish, then onto a local restaurant for our farewell dinner.
Then its back to hotel to pack and prepare for departure tomorrow.

Meals Included : Breakfast, Dinner.

Day Fifteen

Check out, say our goodbyes and begin the journey home or if you’re continuing your next destination.


Not included in tour

International Airfares; Items of a personal nature; phone calls; passport; laundry; tips except for meals/beauty services included in the itinerary (beverage tips separate); personal transport; vaccinations; excess baggage; travel insurance.
Meals not specifically mentioned in the itinerary; beverages unless specifically described. Optional excursions or activities that may be offered but not included in the tour price.

Hanoi Eat and Drinks Diary Part One

Hanoi Eat and Drinks Diary Part One


Hanoi. Such a beautiful city.

Exploding with life and culture and chaos, all encompassed in beautiful French Architecture, traditional simple Vietnamese lifestyle and the freshest of fresh cuisine.

The first and most important decision when travelling is the hotel choice. This can be a make or break for your chosen time in any given city.

Without a doubt, the best hotel in Hanoi is The Sofitel Metropole. Hands down.


The Hotel Metropole Hanoi is an award-winning French colonial-style hotel lying in the heart of Hanoi, near Hoan Kiem Lake and the magnificent Opera House.

Boasting a classical white façade, green shutters, original wrought iron detail, wood paneling and a lush courtyard lawn, the hotel is one of the region’s few remaining hotels of its era.

Located steps from the Opera House in Hanoï’s French Quarter, this legendary property brings guests into intimate contact with the opulence of another era.

Surround yourself in heritage as you stroll stately corridors and explore a dramatic past. Behind its classical white façade green shutters original wrought iron details and stately wood paneling reside over a century of stories.


Some of the most famous people in the world have chosen to stay here. The hotel has seen a myriad of prominent visitors throughout its reign, including famous actors such as Charlie Chaplin, who one of the property’s suites is named after. Chaplin celebrated the most special of moments at the hotel, notably, his honeymoon in 1936.

Other frequent guests include revered world dignitaries and famed celebrities. It was at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi that the first motion picture showing occurred within the region, and it is the locale where Somerset Maugham wrote The Gentleman in the Palour, and where Graham Greene wrote The Quiet American.

Can you believe this….what a discovery…forty years after the bombs stopped falling on Hanoi, and less than one year after a chance discovery of an air raid shelter in its back garden, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has opened the excavated bunker as the anchor attraction in a new Path of History tour.

You can go deep underground and explore the air raid shelter built during the war.  It has been said that the guests were ushered underground during the raids and then after wards ally led back to the dining room or bar to continue socialising…How surreal.



Watch my FB live video as I tour the grounds of the Sofitel.

Next stop..the full tourist day.

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If you are prepared to battle the chaotic traffic, the heat and the crowded streets, then start walking to see the amazing Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum the large memorial in Hanoi. It is located in the center of Ba Dinh Square, which is the place where Vietminh leader Ho Chi Minh, Chairman of the Communist Party of Vietnam from 1951 until his death in 1969, read the Declaration of Independence on 2 September 1945, establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

The structure is 21.6 meters (70.9 feet) high and 41.2 meters (135.2 feet) wide. Flanking the mausoleum are two platforms with seven steps for parade viewing. The plaza in front of the mausoleum is divided into 240 green squares separated by pathways. The gardens surrounding the mausoleum have nearly 250 different species of plants and flowers, all from different regions of Vietnam.

The embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh is preserved in the cooled, central hall of the mausoleum, which is protected by a military honor guard. The body lies in a glass case with dim lights. The mausoleum is closed occasionally while work is done to restore and preserve the body but is normally open daily from 09:00 to 11:00 to the public. Lines of visitors, including visiting foreign dignitaries, pay their respects at the mausoleum every day.

After a quick look, and a moment of silence , we hailed a taxi, negotiated a fair price ($12) and arranged for the driver to take us and see more iconic monuments before taking us back to the hotel.

The high level of humidity, the midday sun, cranky kids plus my white shorts and the now streaky spray tan streaming down my legs…was the dominating factor in this decision.  Luckily for us our driver was super knowledgeable on all historical events and monuments in Hanoi. Big bonus. Plus aircon. Double bonus.


‘Binhs Taxi Luxury Tour’ then headed over to the beautiful Hanoi Opera House.

One of the few places in Hanoi to catch a symphony, this century-old French colonial building is a major city landmark. While the interior could use some sprucing up, this imposing Opera House is still on the list of top things to see in Hanoi, given its architectural beauty, historical significance and repertoire of internationally celebrated musicians.

Completed in 1911 after 10 years of work, in its heyday this popular Hanoi attraction served as a center for high-end entertainment, theater and classical music. Frequented by French colonial officials and their wives and largely unvisited by the Vietnamese, the Hanoi Opera House was a monument of European culture. For most of the French era, artists who performed at the Opera House were almost exclusively European, but in the 1940s Vietnamese could rent what they called ‘the Western theatre’ to hold special performances and concerts, especially to raise money for charitable causes such as victims of floods.

Just outside the Opera House is a very modern and cool coffee house. The perfect spot to sit and enjoy the iced traditional Vietnamese Coffee. As mentioned in previous posts, this was fast becoming new new obsession.

Next.. Hoan Kiem Lake & Ngoc Son Temple.


Hanoi tourists and locals alike head to Hoan Kiem Lake when seeking a place to get away from the noise of the city. Peaceful and quiet, the lake surrounds Ngoc Son Temple, a pagoda sitting in the centre on a small island.

The temple attracts many visitors and was built in commemoration of the 13th century military leader Tran Hung Dao who was renowned for his bravery in the battle against the Yuan Dynasty. Stunning, eerie and very commanding of respect. Beautiful temple.


We jumped out here to take a walk around the lake. You will see all sorts of local customs. From the stunning Red Bridge, food stalls, and the locals enjoying lunch or practising Thai Chi.

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Before much of city wakes up and the constant hum of motorbikes kicks in, there is a peaceful “spiritual” side to Hanoi that many visitors miss. As the fruit sellers set up their wares and the children head to school in their crisp white uniforms, Tai Chi occurs daily in most of Hanoi Park’s. Its beautiful to watch. And a much needed little time out in this hustling city.

And then…..massage time. An absolute joy to have a full body massage to ease the stress of the very touristy day and unwind. Then it’s back to hotel for a cocktail by the pool and a swim and prepare for dinner.


The City View Cafe, is an Asian bar and casual dining restaurant. It is the perfect place to sit outdoors and look down to the crazy city below. Its intoxicating. The view across the Lake is stunning and simply looking down and watching the cars, bike, buses and people all jostling to get somewhere is an amazing sight from above.

Great food, better cocktails and the ambience is priceless.


A full exciting and wonderful day in Hanoi.

And that is how Hanoi Day one went down…… Sx

We are off to Hawaii. Come with us.

We are off to Hawaii. Come with us.




The Wanderlust Luxury Travel  – Hawaii 2017 – is now taking bookings.

Wanderlust Luxury Travel is a bespoke luxury travel group, created specifically for the solo woman traveller.

If you’re keen to travel but not keen to go alone…and equally don’t want to be just a number on a crowded tour bus..then this is perfect for you!
Wanderlust Luxury Travel is a 5 star personalised tour company for women only, travelling to amazing destinations worldwide.
Think; shopping, fine dining, fashion, interior design and architecture, roof top bars plus health and fitness.

Its a total balance tour for girls who want to do it all.
Small groups limited to 8-10 women.
And your host? None other than yours truly!

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Wanderlust Luxury Travel Hawaii 2017

Tour Details

Tour Price: $5500 per person Twin Share. Single person supplement $1500
Partial ocean View Balcony Room
(city view option is offered at a reduced price. )

Tour Style: Luxury Boutique 5 Star Fully Escorted
Tour Dates: March 2017 FINAL DATE TO BE CONFIRMED (7 night / 8 days )

Price Includes:


7 Nights’ luxury accomodation at the iconic 5 star Moana Surfrider located right on Waikiki Beach. Partial Ocean View. Free Wifi. Breakfast daily.

Moana Surfrider Historical Tour
Aqua Aerobics Daily
Hula Lessons, Lei Making, Ukulele Lessons.

Arrival and Departure group transport
The Wanderlust Luxury Travel Welcome Pack (includes a day spa voucher and discount shopping vouchers )

Breakfast Daily

Pre-dinner welcome cocktail

Welcome dinner at Moana Surfrider including wine

Surf Lesson on Waikiki Beach

The North Shore Hawaiian Food Tour (full day)

Fully guided tours of Iolani Palace and the stunning architecture at The Shangri-La retreat formerly owned by heiress Doris Duke.

Fully escorted tour through the famous Waikele outlet shopping malls and Ala Moana Shopping Centre plus the furniture / homewares district (includes discount booklet)

Half day snorkelling and picnic brunch at stunning Hanauma Bay

A traditional sunset Luau Dinner

Waikiki  Beach Sunrise / Sunset Yoga Daily

Skybar Cocktail Night VIP status
Sunset Champagne Catamaran Cruise from Waikiki Beach

Brunch & Morning walk up to the Diamond Head State Monument and Lighthouse Saturday farmers market (if available)

Stand UP Paddle Board lesson and Scuba Diving (additional cost)

Life Coach / Wellness Session available  (additional cost)


Itinerary Details

Day One

Upon arrival into Honolulu International Airport, you will be met by your transfer at the airport after baggage and customs/immigration clearance.
Serena will be at the hotel to meet you and ensure that check-in is smooth!
The day is yours to settle in, refresh with your spa voucher and acclimatise to the beautiful Hawaiian pace.

This evening a drink in the bar before our welcome dinner at The Moana Surfrider. Meals Included : Dinner (wine included)

Day Two

Shopping Day – Today we head to the amazing Waikele Outlet Shopping Mall for bargains on all designer clothing & footwear.
Saks 5th Ave, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Guess, Nine West plus many, many more designer labels. You’ll need strong arms to carry out all of your amazing purchases…

The afternoon is yours to relax on the beach or by the pool. Dinner and drinks tonight at Dukes on the beach (optional)

Meals Included : Breakfast

Day Three

After breakfast we will be collected for our Hawaii Food Tour. This is a full day tour to the North Shore and is a showcase of scenic wonders, amazing food (garlic shrimp, genuine Hawaiian food, roadside grinds, decadent and rich pastries, & more!), You’ll even have time for a personal shopping break in a historic coffee and chocolate plantation!

This a full day so drinks and dinner once we return to the hotel is optional.                      Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch


Day Four

Sunrise Beach Yoga followed by breakfast.

For those who are keen for a rest day, today is perfect to soak up the sunshine, swim or book in for massage, learn to surf or try stand up paddle boarding. If you’re feeling more energetic hit the stores right across the street from our hotel. Sephora, H&M, Kate Spade, plus Luxury Row; Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci…

Tonight we set sail and watch the beautiful sunset over Waikiki Beach for our Sunset Holokai Catamaran Cruise.
Get soaking wet on the nets or kick back and relax on the comfortable main deck. All drinks included on this 1.5 hour tour.

Dinner at a local nearby Taqueria is optional.

Meals Included : Breakfast, Sunset Drinks.

Day Five

After breakfast we head out and take our guided tour to the Shangri-La Museum and the Iolani Palace.

One of Hawai‘i’s most architecturally significant houses, Shangri La was a retreat and sanctuary for a woman, Doris Duke, who greatly valued her privacy. In the late 1930s, Doris Duke built her Honolulu home, Shangri La, on five acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head.
Shangri La incorporates architectural features from the Islamic world and houses Duke’s extensive collection of Islamic art, which she assembled for nearly 60 years.
In her will, Duke set in motion plans to open Shangri La to the public as a place for the study of Islamic art and culture.

Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy, is a marvel of opulence, innovation and political intrigue. Meticulously restored to its former grandeur, this National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu tells of a time when their Majesties, King Kalakaua, who built the palace in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani, walked its celebrated halls.
We will immerse ourselves in Hawaii’s royal heritage.

Tonight we head to the Skybar as VIP guests. High above the streets of Waikiki we can sip cocktails and unwind from our full day of sightseeing.
Dinner Optional.

Meals Included : Breakfast


Day Six

An early start for our day at glorious Hanauma Bay. Snorkel the pristine waters at one of the most popular natural attractions in the world. You’ll spot schools of colourful fish and perhaps even dolphins and turtles. The safe inner reef is perfect for beginners, while the more challenging outer reef will thrill advanced snorkelers on Hanauma Bay.

We will arrange delicious picnic hampers for lunch and provide all of your snorkelling equipment.

After the bay, we will head back to the hotel to relax by the beach or pool, or you can head to Ala Moana Shopping centre to top up your shopping. It is the largest out door mall in the Northern Hemisphere. So prepare to shop!

Dinner Tonight is a traditional Polynesian Luau at a nearby beachside location. Watch the sunset over Waikiki Beach and shake your hips to the rhythmic sounds of the the traditional island drums.

Meals Included : Breakfast/ Brunch / Dinner

Day Seven

After breakfast we will head to the Diamond Head State Monument. A short hike to the top of the mountain and you can see all the way across to downtown Honolulu and the beautiful stretch of Waikiki Beach. Stunning views and a great way to start the day.
For those who wish to go to the Farmers Market we can visit on our way back to the hotel.

Once back to the hotel, the remainder of the day is all yours to enjoy. More shopping, more reading, more swimming, more anything……

A farewell drink tonight at The Mai Tai bar on the beach followed by a light dinner (optional) and then it is back to the hotel to pack and confirm departure details for the next days’s checkout.

Meals Included : Breakfast

** Please note if you would like to book a session with our life coach whilst in Hawaii this is to be billed separately and booked prior to departure.

We require the minimum number of 6 guests to proceed with the tour.

Not included in tour

Airfares; Items of a personal nature; phone calls; passport; laundry; tips except for meals/beauty services included in the itinerary (beverage tips separate); personal transport; vaccinations; excess baggage; travel insurance. Meals not specifically mentioned in the itinerary; beverages unless specifically described. Optional excursions or activities that may be offered but not included in the tour price.

Thank you and we look forward to you joining us on this amazing tour… Sx


And Drinks Diary – Ho Chi Minh City – Part Two

And Drinks Diary – Ho Chi Minh City – Part Two

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There are 2 things that simply are a ‘must-do’ when in Ho Chi Minh.

#1:  A Saigon Street Food Tour.

#2: Cu Chi Tunnels.

Lets start with #1.

Upon arrival I was searching as to which street food tour to do. They are all pretty similar, and most are very generic. I wanted a less touristy version of the street food tour, and lucky for me me, my brother messaged and suggested Saigon Street Eats. I googled. I booked. (

Saigon street Eats is run by an Australian and Vietnamese couple living in Vietnam. It is an off the track tour, which takes you to the back streets of Saigon for a more authentic sample of Vietnam. So once you book, you can opt to be picked up by motor scooter, and taken to and from the destination…or ‘chicken out’ and take a taxi…we opted to go balls to wall and go by bike. In the rain. In Vietnam.  (the holiday brain took over and all sense was out the window)

We arrived in an area not frequented by tourists, met our guide Binh..(more about him later!) and 2 other couples from various parts of the world. No other tourists were to be seen. Anywhere. It was awesome.

The tour starts with Binh ( who lived in Melbourne for 6 years, is fluent in English, very knowledgeable about the history of Vietnam and its food cultures, which vary across the country and a great host!)  He explained what to look out for when choosing to eat from the street stalls. It’s never risk free, but these are the strict tips. The stall must have stainless steel tables, strong, bright lighting, the food must be visible and the chef should be cooking within sight. You are less likely to fall ill if you stick to these basic points. Hopefully.


And the food!  Amazing and so much of it…. Tasty, fresh and such a variety from the 4 stalls we ate at.  Crispy pancakes packed with the fresh herbs, seafood like you’ve never seen, desserts with such traditional history behind the style, wrapping and how to eat it…plus the best of all …the tasty Banh Mi – the obligatory baguette of Vietnam.  Oh, and lots of beer…and a baby duck egg, but that story stays on the tour!.

It was a wonderful night, a must do…but book prior to leaving home…just in case.. They also have a walking Pho morning tour which is all about the traditional breakfast soup. Do one. Do both!

#2 Cu Chi Tunnels


If you are only in Ho Chi Minh for a short stopover, choose your Vietnam War History tours carefully.  I would suggest either the War Remnants Museum or the Cu Chi Tunnels. I have previously visited the war museum and it is extremely confronting and very sad.

The War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City documents the costs of the war. It’s aimed squarely at foreign visitors–you won’t find many locals here. The tone isn’t one of victory, but one of victim. The museum amounts to an extensive catalog of the appalling legacy of war. If you are travelling with children I would prefer the tunnel tour, it is not as confronting for small people.

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I chose to book the tunnel tour that starts on the Saigon River. You are collected from your hotel and driven to the docks. Then jump aboard a ‘luxurious’ jet boat and zip along the Saigon River to the Cu Chi Tunnels.

We opted for the early departure (730am) rather than the midday option..due to the heat it is better to go early. The river trip is peaceful and you can get a glimpse into traditional river boats, water hyacinths and beautiful old shanty’s lining the banks of the saigon waterway.

Once at Cu Chi  its go time.

Descend underground with a guide into a vast network built by resourceful guerrilla fighters during the Vietnam War to provide supply routes, food and weapon caches, living quarters and hospitals. The tunnels of Củ Chi are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Củ Chi District of Ho Chi Minh City, and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country.


If you have a fear of confined spaces, which I is pretty terrifying. The tunnels are tiny, dark and drop deep underground. The heat makes it a challenge as well. Needless to say I went about 10 mtrs in..and then just as quickly backed out! Literally. The kids were fine. I waited at the opening to greet them. Win Win.

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After the tour, you have the option to shoot guns. At targets. It is a strange thing to want to do, but in this controlled environment, and after a full 2 hours of talking war and bombs  and seems normal. Its not.

But I will say, shooting a round of bullets out of an AK47 is something that is both exhilarating and morally wrong. And I will never do it again.

After your tour, you can feast on fried spring rolls, chicken and beef dishes, and soup as you enjoy an authentic, traditional Vietnamese lunch by the river. If you’ve selected the later tour, you’ll enjoy a provided dinner.
After your meal, depart Cu Chi and return by speedboat to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival at the central pier, you will be driven back to your hotel.

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It was a great day out and we were back to the hotel by mid afternoon. A refreshing swim, another round of massages, plus a nighttime walk through Ho Chi Minh Square, which seems never to not have a zillion people milling around at all times …then it was time to head back to the hotel , and pack for our departure the next morning.

Thank you Saigon…you were an incredible host.

Next stop Hanoi……



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Eat and Drinks Diary – Ho Chi Minh City- Part One

Eat and Drinks Diary – Ho Chi Minh City- Part One


One of my favourite cities.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  Formally known as Saigon..

It is famous for the pivotal role it played in the Vietnam War, stunning French architecture, traffic mayhem , cheap guesthouses and 5 Star hotels, street food and high end roof top bars, crowded markets and luxury designer stores.

It is a crazy and intoxicating clash of commerce and culture. And it will grab you by the throat and drag you along for the ride. This is why it is one of my favourite cities…


So, we left a chilly Melbourne winter and flew via Singapore with Jetstar to Ho Ch Minh. Its an easy trip. We arrived at 9pm local time and after a seamless exit through customs and visa approval, we hopped straight into the pre booked a car that was waiting kerbside. I always suggest this as my preferred option upon arrival. It can be a bit daunting landing in a foreign country at night and its just easier to spend a little more and get to the hotel. (**check with your hotel prior to travel, as most will offer courtesy shuttle, so you can pre book it before you leave home.)

I had booked the Hotel Liberty Central Riverside. It is as it sounds, on the Saigon river, located in District One, which is the best district for nightlife and shopping. 600 mtrs to the Ben Thanh Market, 20 minute walk to the Notre Dame Cathedral Saigon and only 15 minutes to The Saigon Opera House. It has a fitness centre and roof top bar with a all my preferences were ticked!

Life balance!



Day One:

After a traditional Vietnamese breakfast which consists of Pho Bo ( beef noodle soup), lots of chilli, coriander, bamboo shoots and fresh lime…we hit the Ben Thanh Markets.


This is the place to find local handicrafts, ‘faux’ Nikes and lots of T-shirts, sunglasses, belts , travel bags and electronics …You name it ..and it is here. It also has an amazing array of market food, fruit, vegetables, dried fruits and most important the Vietnamese herbs and greens for the traditional street foods and soups.


Expect to spend about 2- 3 hours here and prepare to bargain. Start at half asking and creep up to no more than two thirds of the original price. The Vietnamese people thrive and expect bargaining…so don’t be shy.

Getting used to the traffic in Vietnam is probably the most difficult task to master.  The streets are full of honking trucks, taxis and motorbikes on a intensity level not known in Western Countries, with road rules that don’t exist. Bikes, cars and people seem simultaneously, collectively and individually to be heading straight at each other.


Be warned, drivers will not slow down, or stop, so therefore you must be confident. Step out into the traffic, start walking, keep an even gait at all times  and just keep walking.

DO NOT STOP. I liken it to blood flow. It keeps going and flowing at a natural pace. The traffic will ebb around you. They anticipate your speed and adjust to suit. The honking of horns is considered a polite gesture…to let you know they are near…not as an angry one. So take a deep breath and go for it. (it will take you a day to get used to it.)

Once we had loaded up at the markets, it was time for lunch. Vietnam is all about fresh  and light food. So we headed to a local restaurant and ordered all the traditional options. More Pho soup, fresh rice paper rolls, vegetable noodles and completed the feast with my new obsession.

Vietnamese Coffee.


Iced or hot, this is an addictive blend of ox-strong black coffee and sweetened condensed milk. Addictive. Delicious. Heart Racer. More please.

After lunch we did what any other 3 gals would do next…hit the day spa. We found a clean, modern beauty salon near the market and proceeded to spend the next four hours being completely pampered. Leg scrubs, body massages, facial steams, eyelash extensions, tummy wraps, pedicures, manicures, eyebrow wax, hand massage, foot massage, head cost $300.

It was the best few hours and totally refreshed we headed back to hotel to change for the night time activities.

… Sx


Expert Advice for Bathroom Renovations

Expert Advice for Bathroom Renovations

Top Designer Tips and Renovation Advice for the Perfect Bathroom.


When you decide to renovate your bathroom, it can be an overwhelming and daunting task.
How is it possible, that one of the smallest rooms in your house, requires almost every tradesmen necessary to build a new house from scratch!
The key to reducing the anxiety related to renovating, is to be prepared and organised before you begin any demolition or construction.
And the most important factor in achieving the organisation is to hire a professional who will assist with the key steps in keeping your project on track and on budget.

Design and Plan :
Before you obtain quotes or engage the contractor, have your plan and design ready. The size and space needs to be considered, so that the scale and proportion of the design is correct. This includes the functionality as well. Write up a wish list and then apply the ideas to the plan. A designer will assist with executing your goals and will also offer more solutions and options that you may not have considered.


Lighting Features :
Bathrooms pack a lot of punch in one small space, so creating some key features is important.

Lighting is paramount and is required for both task and ambience.
Consider using recessed lighting under a floating vanity or recess shelving for ambience.
A stunning feature pendant over the bath for hotel like opulence.
A wall mounted LED light for makeup and shaving.


Storage Features :

Good storage is quite possibly the most important component of your bathroom.
Recessed Mirror Shaving cabinet storage is perfect for smaller items and easily accessible.
Drawers instead of cupboards is a better form of storage due to the availability of internal dividers and partitions that be inserted and keep everything organised.
Recessed feature shelving in the shower or running along the bath wall is at the perfect solution to housing shampoo and bottles. If you apply a feature tile to the recess it also creates a key feature.


Budget :
So how much is this all going to cost….

Depending on your material selection..marble bench top versus laminate bench top, porcelain tile versus ceramic…The price actually shouldn’t vary too much. If you consider using a floor tile at $65 p/m for 10 mtrs of tiling versus a $35 p/m tile, the cost savings is not huge with only a $300 savings. So bear in mind that the product doesn’t really alter your final budget dramatically. (**It certainly will bring down the overall spend if all items are at a budget pricing)

The best way to consider how much is a realistic spend on your renovations, is to base it on the current value of your home. Professionals will advise that a minimum of 30% of the value of your property be spent on a bathroom renovation. Therefore, if your house is valued at one million dollars, then expect to pay $30,000 + for the materials and construction of your new bathroom.

Contracting the right builder for the job is also paramount, as you are relying on their expertise to ensure good workmanship is done. Waterproofing is one of the most important factors as a leaky floor is a nightmare once the bathroom is guessed it…the whole space has to be ripped up and redone!
Allow 4 weeks from demolition to completion. All of the trades have a section to complete, in order, and most can’t go in and work until the trade before him has finished. So patience is key, and if you are living in the property during the renovation, consider staggering the bathroom fit outs, so you still having one that works.

In conclusion…Hire a professional interior designer to advise and assist with the design and plan. A well thought out, scaled plan is paramount before you begin.
Select everything. Basins, tiles, toilets, cabinets, lights..everything.
The builder can then quote accurately on every item you have selected and you will know the cost beforehand. This should prevent any budget blowouts once construction commences.
And then, light a candle, pour yourself some wine and sink into that beautiful bath tub and enjoy your new space. You’ve earned it.




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Project of the Month.
Multi Residential Townhouses – Bayside.


White Chalk Design prides itself on working closely with our local Bayside developers to help achieve a practical and desirable fit out for the discerning buyer. This month we are proud to feature this recently completed 2 town house development located close to the beach. We used natural organic materials and light colours to achieve a coastal vibe, with out being obviously beachy.

“The key to creating a harmonious living space is to use a variety products that are cohesive and appealing to the buyer. Therefore the design needs to be aimed at all tastes and a variety of requirements, however, executing a point of difference is of the utmost importance for us. We never want our developers to feel that we are all churning out cookie cutter designs, everything the same on each project. The developments must resonate with the buyer and still feel as if it has been designed exclusively for them”

Serena Elise

Principal Designer  WHITE CHALK DESIGN

Inspiration from the Milan Design Fair 2016

Inspiration from the Milan Design Fair 2016



What a busy month we have had at White Chalk Design!

Our projects are varied and exciting, ranging from decorating beautiful residential properties, redesigning bars and hotels and our all time favourite… designing and building new kitchens.

It is such an progressive time in the design world, with the new trends coming through from the Milan Design Fair.

Kitchens are getting darker and more textured, with the accent being on creating a harmonious work space that is timeless, yet cohesive with your family environment.

Consider using dark oak timber cabinets, with soft grey veined marble and slim lined feature pendant lighting.
Very simple, yet completely adaptable to any home.
Take a look at what Milan delivered this year.



Thinking of renovating your old kitchen?
White Chalk Design is offering a ‘free of charge’ initial consultation to discuss your kitchen plan. We can design, quote and install your new kitchen. Take advantage of our new ‘3D walk -through’ option to ensure you are completely comfortable with your plan before we commence construction.
This offer is valid for the month of June.
Contact us now to book your free site meeting.



White Chalk Design is proud to be nominated as one of the Top 100 Interior Design companies in Australia.



Project of the Month.

Contemporary Family Home. Bayside.

‘The owner of this magnificent home, built recently in Bayside, had one main design request in his brief…to successfully incorporate a live fish tank into the plan, and thus creating a magnificent feature and focal point.
We think we hit the brief perfectly. ‘

Serena Elise,
Principal Designer,
White Chalk Design.


White Chalk Design Rewards You…

White Chalk Design Rewards You…

White Chalk Design | Luxury Lifestyle & Design


We want to thank you for being a loyal White Chalk client.

Do you have a friend who is thinking of renovating or building?
White Chalk Design can help ease the stress associated with the process.

This month, White Chalk Design is offering a special referral gift to you.

Refer a friend or colleague to WCD and you will receive a free 12 month subscription to any magazine of your choice.
Its as simple as that.
Remember to tell them to mention your name when booking their initial consultation and we will contact you to arrange your magazine subscription.
It’s our way of saying thank you.



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Project of the Month.


Modern Family Home, Bayside.

‘We loved working with our client on this decorating project in Hampton. The client had full faith in White Chalk to execute a modern and striking monochromatic palette, whilst still keeping the home family friendly. The grey velvet sofa, paired with the black leather tub chairs, created a very masculine feel, and by adding a feature chair with the pop of soft blue, this created the warmth we needed to avoid a stark environment.”

Serena Elise,
Principal Designer,
White Chalk Design.